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Brigham Young University


The Music Dance Theatre (MDT) program is an interdisciplinary degree program within the Theatre and Media Arts Department and fully supported by the School of Music and the Department of Dance. It is a limited enrollment program designed to train performers for a career in musical theatre and related performance disciplines. The MDT program at BYU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Music, and Dance leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.

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"BYU has a real focus on all three areas; singing, dancing, and acting."

Associate Director for Susan Stroman

"There is a real excitement and passion to grow theatre at BYU."

Broadway Composer

Annual guest Performance and Master Classes From Broadway Legends

BRAVO!, formerly known as the BYU Performing Arts Series, showcases world-class musicians, dancers and actors on campus. Visiting performers not only demonstrate their talents and tell captivating stories, but they also inspire students to improve their skills and increase their ambitions.

“Almost every person or company that visits as part of the series gives a lecture or teaches a master class,” said a former producer of the BRAVO! series. “It isn’t just about bringing people to do shows; it’s about encouraging connections and learning with professionals.”


“I was hoping that one day it would happen, but you really have no idea if things will line up that way. Before the show, I went to her dressing room to run through lines together. The first line Aaron Samuels says is ‘Hi, I’m Aaron’ and Cady Heron says ‘Me Cady.’ After Becca said the line, I burst into tears. To be performing with one of my best friends and oldest friends from college was such a special and surreal moment.”

Jake Swain, a graduate of the BYU BFA Acting program, reflects on the first night he and BYU alum, Becca Petersen, a graduate of the BFA MDT program, performed opposite each other in Mean Girls on Broadway.

MDT Training At Brigham Young University



Expert instruction in a variety of vocal styles inclusive of pop/belt, classical, and rock.



Extensive work in various styles of dance such as jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, ballroom, etc.



With an emphasis on Stanislavsky, Uta Hagen and Meisner, the acting component of the MDT program is closely aligned with the BFA in Acting also offered by the Theatre and Media Arts Department.



Each year MDT produces one main stage performance as well as many secondary and workshop productions. More information can be found under Performance Opportunities on the menu bar.